This is perhaps the most unusual collection of Carpenters songs ever released. For one thing, it's the largest compilation of songs ever issued. It also contains many tracks which have never been anthologized before. Then there's the fact that the CD covers have nothing whatsoever to do with Karen and Richard; they are just watercolor-style paintings of California-looking scenes.
This is an officially authorized release, though. Richard Carpenter personally picked the songs for each disc and wrote a brief introduction for all the discs, explaining what the theme of the disc is.
Apparently this set was only available by mail from a company in Japan. It appears that the discs were released individually in 1994 and 1995, and then sold as a complete set after that. The complete set comes in a cardboard box with the name Sweet Memory on it, but without the Carpenters' logo.
For the most part, there isn't much new or different in this collection, with one major exception -- there is a new remix of "Another Song," this remix having never appeared on any other compilation. This remix is significant in that the bass part has been completely re-recorded, and it sounds quite different from the original.
A semi-rarity on this compilation is the single version of "Make Believe It's Your First Time," which does not have Karen's spoken "I have to get into a serious mood here" at the beginning. "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" doesn't have Richard's count-in, either. And the version of "Let Me Be the One" included here is an edited version of the 1990 remix found on From the Top, making the song resemble the original version but including the re-recorded piano part.
Here are Richard Carpenter's introductions to each disc:
This is an exceedingly rare collection, so used copies (when available) can be pricey. As of this writing, there was at least one used copy available at Amazon.
Produced by Richard Carpenter, Karen Carpenter and Jack Daugherty
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